As prophets did, Elijah introduces symbolizes in his act. Elijah gathers twelve stones and forms an altar. He wants every tribe of Israel represented before God, he wants the whole tribe of Israel to be saved. Elijah the prophet says in verses 36 and 37, “Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word. Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the Lord God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again.”
I have two points to make from this passage. Are we, the Body of Christ, serving two masters? What miracle is it going to take from the Lord to get the attention and devotion of the church today? Is God going to have to set something on fire?
God Consumes with Fire
We know that fire came down and consumed the sacrifice. It also consumed the wood, the stones, the dust and the fire that surrounded the altar. And the people, were their hearts changed?
They fell to the ground professing that YHWH is God.
Tearing Down the Altars
But that wasn’t it. It wasn’t enough for the people to desire to change. They had to tear down the altars, to get rid of sin. Elijah commands them to bring all of the 450 prophets of Baal to him down in the Kidron Valley where he slays them all.
I don’t know how long it takes to kill 450 men. I can imagine, though, that it is physically and mentally exhausting. And I can imagine that the whole ordeal, with adrenaline flowing from the start of the event, to the slaying of the very last prophet of Baal, that Elijah had to be exhausted.
Even though King Ahab wasn’t set on fire or slain, he was a marked man. His days were numbered. Elijah confronts him and tells him that rain, not a little but a lot, was coming. This was simply because the heart of the nation had turned back to God.
Surely Ahab knew that was what Elijah was implying.
What did Elijah do when his job was finished with Ahab? He went up to the mountain top to wait on the Lord. Bowing himself with his face to the ground, he waits for the Lord God. Elijah sends his servant to look out across the Med to bring a weather report. His servant notifies him that the sky was clear.
Elijah Trusts God’s Word
We must take note of the prophet’s response. He doesn’t fret. He doesn’t seem to doubt. He doesn’t waver. He sends out his servant again. His servant returns with the same report. No clouds.
In fact, Elijah sends his servant five more times, each time saying, “Go again.” He is standing on God’s promise. He is determined to see the goodness of God that he knows is coming.
Finally, the seventh time, the servant notifies Elijah that a fist-sized cloud was rising. Elijah knew what that cloud signified. He knew that soon the sky would blacken, the wind would howl and the skies would open up.
What about you? Are you in a drought? Do you believe God will do what He promised in your life? Are you in anguish and forlorn thinking God has passed you by? Are you looking out at sea waiting for the rain to come but see no signs to give you hope? I tell you, “Go! Look again!”
Written by Jori Sams
Jori Sams is a Christian author and freelance writer with nearly 2000 published pieces on the Internet, with over 1500 being published by Yahoo. Her books are published through Writeious Books. When she isn’t writing, you can usually find her following the sun…